My Parents Hosted a Wedding

February 7th, 2012

A little over a year ago, my parents moved to be closer to their kids and grandkids.  Before they moved, they sold almost all of their old furniture. Then they moved into a small rental house in their new city and began the process of looking for a house to buy. When they found that house, they spent about six months remodeling the kitchen and the bathrooms and the living spaces. Their new house turned out beautifully and now they have been working on finding furniture to go in the house.  At this point, they still do not have any furniture for the main floor living room.  When we visit them we hang out around the kitchen and dining room tables and in the comfortably furnished basement.

Since moving, my parents have found a church and they attend a weekly bible study. A young couple in their bible study wanted to get married, but they did not have much money to spend on a ceremony. The leaders of the bible study offered to host the wedding for the couple in their home, but there was a problem. They had too much furniture in their house and they didn’t have any place to put the furniture to create a big enough space for a wedding ceremony.  My parents, on the other hand had very little furniture making their home a perfect place to host a wedding. Their empty living room could be used for the ceremony and then re-configured into a dining hall to host a wedding supper. The young couple thought that this idea was superb and that is how my parents ended up hosting a wedding in their home.

I took some photos. None of them turned out very good, but it’s better than nothing! Enjoy!

The bride gets ready in my parent’s bathroom.

Bride with mom and grandma.

The very nervous groom.

He had a headache and asked my mom for some ibuprofen.  My mom told me to get some for him in her bathroom.  I went back there, where the bride was getting ready and together we rooted through my mom’s enormous collection of pills and creams and lotions and vitamins to try and find some ibuprofen.  We didn’t find any, but the bride recognized a type of medicine that she thought would help with her groom’s headache. She handed me the bottle.  “Give him one of these.” she said.

Me – Uh… you want me to give the groom one of these tiny blue pills?

Bride – Yes, I think that this is a very good headache medicine.

So I took the tiny blue pill out to the groom and I gave him the pill.

Me – The bride said you should take this little blue pill.

Groom – What is it?

Me – I have no idea.

Groom – She wants me to take this pill?

Me – Yes.

Groom – Uh… well…(pause and sigh)… okay.

And so he took it.  I have no idea what it was, but he seemed to be fine throughout the ceremony.

The buffet.

Everyone in the bible study contributed food.

They had BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, and crudite.

The mother of the groom made the wedding cake.

Transforming the ceremony hall into the dining hall.

My parents requested that young kids eat in the dining room where there were wood floors instead of carpet.  There were a little over sixty people in attendance.  We opened up a few windows when the house started to get warm.  That is why the bride has a suit coat over her dress.  She was chilly.

That’s my mom standing up at the back of the newly created dining hall.

They cut the cake in the breakfast nook.

Everyone stayed around to help clean up.

My mom and dad are in the center of the photo.

The end.


  • Spinny:

    How lovely.

    • Kait:

      And is always the case, the bride was lovely. :)

  • A lovely wedding it was, and what generous parents you have. That was a really nice thing to do!

  • I always have been to weddings that cost a ridiculous amount of money (have a friend getting hitched this year and she said it will be about $50k) but something like this seems nice and simple and inexpensive, and the newly marrieds can use their money on buying their own house or whatever.

  • Kathy from NJ:

    My friend’s son is getting married on 2/17 and my friend is paying for the band – $10 grand. I assume the entire wedding will cost well north of $50 grand – ridiculous. In 1982 my husband & I were married by a judge (free), then took 24 people out to dinner and had Eastern Onion deliver a telegram to my parents at the restaurant announcing our marriage. The entire thing cost $1,000.

  • Ellie:

    So was the little blue pill what we are all thinking???? Viagra????

  • Sherry:

    Not as funny, but Aleve is a little blue pill.